WHITE SULPHER SPRINGS, W.Va. - Junior Michael Kim (70-69-67 – 206, -4) was one of three Cal men’s golf affiliates to move up the leaderboard Saturday during third-round action at the PGA TOUR’s Greenbrier Classic at the Old White TPC. Kim moved up 19 spots from where he began the round into a tie for 41st, while Charlie Wi (73-65-67 – 205, -5) is up 21 spots into a tie for 27th and James Hahn (72-67-68 – 207, -3) 13 places higher into a tie for 47th. All three broke par Saturday for the second consecutive round.
Kim, who is playing as an amateur in a professional tournament for the second time after also participating in last month’s U.S. Open, shot a three-under par round of 67 Saturday that was his lowest during seven rounds at the two events. Kim shot a four-under par 30 on the front nine with his four birdies coming on the fourth, fifth, eighth and nine holes – all par fours other than then par-three eighth. He bogeyed two of his first three holes on the back nine on the par-four 10th and par-five 12th before stabilizing with five straight pars and getting one stroke back with a birdie on the par-three 18th.
Kim was the only amateur to make the cut of the PGA TOUR event and one of two in the 156-player field after receiving a sponsor’s exemption by winning the Haskins Award as the national player of the year in men’s collegiate golf as selected in voting by college golfers and coaches along with members of the national media.
Wi matched both Kim’s three-under par round of 67 and front nine four-under par 30 on Saturday. He had birdies on the first, fourth, fifth and nine holes – all par fours – and stayed at four-under for the round until his first bogey of the day on the par-four 13th. He got the stroke back by immediately following with a birdie on the par-four 14th before giving it back when he bogeyed the 18th.
Hahn started with a birdie on the first hole but went to one-over par for the day with bogeys on the eighth and 10th. He quickly got back in the red with back-to-back birdies on the 12th and 13th before picking up another stroke with a birdie on the par-five 17th.
Wi will start Sunday’s fourth and final round nine shots off the pace of third-round leader Johnson Wagner (62-70-64 – 196, -14), while Kim is 10 back and Hahn 11 strokes out of the lead.
Hahn will be the first member of the Cal trio off the tee in Sunday’s fourth and final round of action and will be paired with Chez Reavie off the first tee at 10:18 a.m. ET/7:18 a.m. ET. Kim will play with Cameron Tringale and tee off at 10:45 a.m. ET/7:45 a.m. PT, while Wi and his playing partner Peter Hanson have a tee time at 11:30 a.m. ET/8:30 a.m. PT.
Kim was the low amateur in his previous professional event at the 2013 U.S. Open, tying for 17th place overall after rising as high as tied for third at one point on the back nine of his third round. Kim qualified for the U.S. Open by being the co-individual medalist at a sectional qualifying tournament at Hawks Ridge Golf Club in Ball Ground, Ga.
The Greenbrier Classic is being telecast live by both CBS and Golf Channel. A list of dates, times and television outlets for the remainder of the coverage is below.
2013 The Greenbrier Classic Remaining Television Schedule
Saturday Golf Channel (Replay: 3:30-6:30 p.m.)
Sunday Golf Channel (Live: 10–11:30 a.m.; Replay: 4-8:30 p.m.) CBS (Live: Noon-3 p.m.) *All Times Pacific